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July 16, 2012

Multidisciplinary heaven! – by Bernie

So I went to the conference that I mentioned in my last blog, and it was absolutely flipping brilliant. For several reasons... retelling familiar tales

First, I had a couple of days away from home. Now, everyone knows I love my family. However, I also love my thesis. And at certain times of the year, my children's lives become so busy and exciting that I get a bit overwhelmed by all the places I have to go with them and the amount of time this takes from my working week. Which would be fine and manageable, if I hadn't had this health blip and a very short amount of time in which to write the thesis!! So any chance I get to just concentrate on writing, reading or listening to words about midwifery, is like taking a massive breath at the moment.

Second, I got to hear such a diverse range of speakers, and learned lots of things about the history of midwifery and childbirth about which I'd previously had only the most basic knowledge.

Third, I was able to indulge my passion for multidisciplinary learning - because everything that came up in the conference had a resonance with something I've written, done, or thought about. Three of my big themes came up - liminal space, the sociological imagination, and social identity. How cool is that?!

And fourth, I met some brilliant people. I was able to talk over lunch with someone I've admired since I was a student midwife, and I had some fantastic chats with midwifery historians from Italy, Canada and America. It made me so excited about the many potential futures I might have within midwifery, and helped me see how far I've come in the last three years.

So, definitely worth going, I'd say. I'd recommend a conference somewhat outside your PhD area as a way of re-igniting the passion, if it's sagging a bit, or just as a means of seeing what else is in the wider field. Mind you, I still haven't really mentioned it properly to my supervisors - I wouldn't want anyone thinking I'm climbing out of my pit of words just at the moment...

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